Wednesday, March 19, 2014

State of Beer: Revisiting Oregon's Brewing Industry

There are few things that Oregonians are more proud of than their local craft beer. When traveling across Oregon it is possible to find a local brewery in all regions of the state. As of summer 2013, there were 188 brewing establishments in Oregon.  Here's a breakout of breweries by city:

The question is often asked, are we “over-beered” in Oregon? In other words, have we reached a saturation point where current breweries can supply the demand for craft beer? The answer seems to be no. 

According to the Beer Institute, craft breweries increased their market share of the beer industry from 2.6 percent in 2001 to 5.7 percent in 2011. These craft breweries are taking a bite out of the large domestic beer producers as their market share dropped nearly 6 percentage points over that 10-year period. 

Besides this growing taste for craft beer, the brewing industry is gaining traction in Oregon from an emphasis on providing a local product to a specific consumer, growing industry expertise, and beer tourism. 

To learn all about Oregon's beer industry, read Damon Runberg's full article State of Beer: Revisiting Oregon's Brewing Industry.

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